Understanding the symptoms and stages of perimenopause


Here are some key points about understanding the symptoms and stages of perimenopause ¹ ² ³:

- Perimenopause is the transitional period before menopause, which can last for several years.

- Stages of perimenopause include:

Early Stage: usually begins in the 40s, but can start in the 30s

Late Stage: happens in the late 40s or early 50s

- Symptoms of perimenopause include:

Irregular periods

Hot flashes and night sweats

Breast tenderness

Lower sex drive


Vaginal dryness or discomfort during sex

Mood swings

Trouble sleeping

- Physical changes and symptoms occur as hormone levels decrease.

- Fertility declines, but pregnancy is still possible.

- Perimenopause ends when menopause begins, marked by 12 consecutive months without a period.

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